Kenneth Zohore powered down the wing brilliantly before crossing for Junior Hoilett to slam in on the hour, a goal which came between two Nathaniel Mendez-Laing strikes on his full debut to leave Neil Warnock’s side with maximum points from their opening two games and top of the embryonic Championship table.
• Cardiff are joined at the summit by Nottingham Forest after a thriller unfolded at Griffin Park. Forest came from behind to lead Brentford 3-1 before eventually holding on to clinch a 4-3 win, with the Greek midfielder Andreas Bouchalakis on target with two sublime strikes. Brentford’s fellow west Londoners both picked up a point on the road: Fulham’s Lucas Piazon equalised late for a 1-1 draw at Reading, and QPR earned the same result at Sheffield Wednesday.
• Hull City took advantage of Jackson Irvine’s red card, only four minutes after he had equalised for Burton Albion, to rack up the goals at the KCom Stadium and secure Leonid Slutsky’s first win in charge. Abel Hernández slotted a well-taken hat-trick in the 4-1 victory and Kamil Grosicki added the other.
• Bobby Reid handed Bristol City the lead at Birmingham within a minute of kick-off but despite 24 further attempts at goal the Robins could not add to their tally, and goals from Craig Gardner and Jacques Maghoma sealed the comeback for Harry Redknapp’s team. Barnsley also struck early, at home against Ipswich Town through Tom Bradshaw, but David McGoldrick and Martyn Waghorn turned the game in the visitors’ favour to win 2-1 and continue their perfect start.
• Wolves needed no such powers of recovery, playing well throughout at Pride Park to beat Derby 2-0 in another show of quality by one of the summer’s big spenders. Promoted sides Millwall and Bolton shared a 1-1 draw at The Den while Leeds and Preston drew blanks at Elland Road, with Ben Pearson’s sending off on the hour the major talking point.
• Pep Clotet’s start to life as a manager continued in perfect fashion with Oxford United’s 3-0 victory over Portsmouth at the Kassam. Wes Thomas slammed home Christian Ribeiro’s cross barely a minute into the second half and late strikes by Harry Novillo and Joshua Ruffels ensured maximum points to go with two clean sheets from their opening two games.
• It has been a terrible start to life in the third tier for Blackburn, however, who lost again, going down 3-1 at Ewood Park to newly promoted Doncaster. The game was goalless at half-time but Tony Mowbray’s side conceded immediately after the break and were losing 3-0 with fans heading for the exits before Dominic Samuel’s late consolation.
• Rotherham have not enjoyed many big wins in the past three years of struggle in the Championship, so their thrashing of Southend will have been a welcome treat, blitzing Phil Brown’s team in a first-half flurry with Kieffer Moore wrapping up his hat-trick just before the break, before Ryan Williams rounded off the 5-0 rout.
• Bradford City, who lost the play-off final to Millwall in May, illustrated their intent to challenge at the top end again this season with a 1-0 win over 10-man Gillingham, Dominic Poleon scoring after 19 minutes before Conor Wilkinson’s late red to register Bradford’s second win from two. Also with perfect starts are Fleetwood Town, who won at Northampton Town 1-0 thanks to Devante Cole’s late goal, Peterborough via a 4-1 win at Bristol Rovers and a fine Jack Marriott hat-trick, and Shrewsbury Town who saw off AFC Wimbledon with Alex Rodman’s eighth-minute goal.
• The smallest player in the Football League, Erhun Oztumer, popped up at the death for Walsall to complete an important comeback win over Oldham. Two Jake Jervis goals saw off Charlton at Plymouth, Sean Longstaff’s early strike was enough for Blackpool to beat MK Dons, and Rochdale drew a nip and tuck game 1-1 with Scunthorpe.
• The remarkable statistic that Coventry City have not finished in the top six of any division for 47 years looks in danger of going no further judging by the early signs this season. An opportunistic finish by Marc McNulty and a Jack Grimmer header downed Grimsby Town 2-0 and ensured a second win and clean sheet for Mark Robins and his side – the only team in League Two on six points.
• Port Vale were on the end of fast start by Wycombe Wanderers who raced into a 3-0 lead with goals by Paris Cowan-Hall and an Adebayo Akinfenwa double – at 35, the Beast shows no signs of slowing down. Vale bagged two very late replies but couldn’t get the all-important equaliser. Fans at Huish Park were equally entertained as Yeovil Town beat Accrington Stanley 3-2, with the Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola twice on the scoresheet.
• A 1-1 draw was the most popular result of the day, shared by Swindon and Exeter, Lincoln and the dogged Morecambe, 10-man Crewe and Newport, and between Colchester and Stevenage despite Mikael Mandron’s first goal for United. Cheltenham edged Crawley 1-0 thanks to Mohamed Eisa’s header, Carlisle won 2-1 to hand Cambridge their second defeat on the spin, Jack Taylor’s injury-time winner ensured a 1-0 win and three points for Barnet against Luton, and two second-half goals in six minutes helped Mansfield defeat Forest Green 2-0.
This article was written by Lawrence Ostlere, for theguardian.com on Saturday 12th August 2017 18.46 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010